In May 2011 Kaye Whiteman wrote an article in these pages called “Saving the Africa Centre”. The title was taken from a campaign being waged at the time supported by those who feared that the historic venue in London’s King Street, Covent Garden was going to close, with the loss of an important part of the African experience in the British capital. As a Trustee of the Centre, he argued that although its heritage was vital, the Trustees felt that the King Street building was no longer fit for purpose, and that the Centre needed a new vision for the 21st century. Here, as it is about to embark on the adventure of leaving its home behind, he looks at the Centre’s future.
It was a shock for the Hollywood actor Don Cheadle to discover recently that his great grandfather, William, was enslaved not by whites, as most African-Americans were, but by Native Americans. The descendants of these former slaves are now seeking citizenship in the Chickasaw ethnic group, as their ancestors tried to do without success 100 years ago. Leslie Goffe reports.
A “British Obama” – is that idea viable? Probably not, in the foreseeable future. But hold on…Adam Afriyie of Ghanaian/English descent is supposed to be planning to challenge Prime Minister David Cameron’s leadership of the Conservative Party. It could be the start of the “silly season”, nonetheless there is a good African line-up in the House of Commons! Clayton Goodwin reports.
A former Nigerian midwife who defied personal adversity to fight for sufferers of sickle cell anaemia has been celebrated at her installation as mayor of London’s Borough of Enfield. Mercy Eze reports.
In what has been described as the biggest peacetime movement of people since World War II, South Sudan has received nearly two million returnees from the North since its independence in July 2011. Kate Eshelby reports from Juba.
A new petition campaign, now underway, wants British universities to stop discriminating against black academics (also known as African and Caribbean scholars) achieving equal job opportunities, reports Osei Boateng.
Martin Luther King III is the eldest son of Mrs Coretta Scott King and the great African-American civil rights icon, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Like his father, Luther King III is a human rights campaigner and community activist. The 55-year-old is currently involved in global humanitarian work and was in Liverpool in October to participate in the annual Slavery Remembrance Day where he gave a rousing speech. Mercy Eze interviewed him.
Throughout the first term, asked about his agenda for African- Americans, President Barack Obama explained that he was not the president of Black America, he was the president of the United States of America. African-Americans expect better treatment in Obama’s second term, writes I. K. Cush from New York.